Finally, semester one came to an end on 16 December. After submitting my assignments and successfully completing a presentation in statistics, I was more than ready to travel back home for the Christmas holidays.
Despite that, I wish the day before my flight to Athens had more than 24 hours. After one more group meeting, I enjoyed lunch at a Chinese restaurant with some of my groupmates. In addition, as I couldn’t return home with empty hands, last minute shopping to buy gifts for my beloved family and friends and baggage packing hadn’t been crossed from my to-do list just yet. Not to mention that I wouldn’t leave Manchester without saying goodbye to my new friends.
A night-out to close the day couldn’t be missed so we all gathered at the accommodation of a friend and had great fun drinking, eating pizza and playing bowling. Now that we were all relaxed it was the perfect time to arrange our trip right after the end of the exams. The destination was already chosen and the booking of tickets got confirmed. Just so that I do not reveal everything at once, I’ll keep the destination secret until my next post when I will have more to say about it.
So, my flight date arrived and I was more than excited that I would be home within some hours. Even a 1.5-hour delay was not enough to curb my enthusiasm. When I finally arrived in Athens, and after having dinner that was cooked by someone other than myself, I drove my car to the city centre. This was one of the things that I’ve really missed because in Manchester I’m used to going everywhere on foot or by bus.
I had promised myself that I would spend the first days in Athens doing nothing but meeting friends and strolling around the city. This was the only way to recover from the stress of November. Vacation is never enough but in order to avoid panicking prior to the exams, I had to start studying before going back to Manchester. Although I didn’t like that idea I had no other choice. Eventually, I passed three weeks in Greece studying, spending time with my family and enjoying my usual habits such as going to the movies and having a coffee with my friends.
As time flies by so quickly, the day to pack my stuff again and travel back to my new home had arrived. Christmas holidays were a great break to recharge batteries but to be honest I‘ve missed Manchester and my Mancunian friends. Back to school now!